Cheaper, cleaner energy powering more jobs
Queensland is investing in cleaner energy and creating jobs for a sustainable and affordable energy future. Queensland is well-placed to be a strong renewables, hydrogen and manufacturing -powerhouse with an abundance of sunshine, wind and mineral rich ground. A highly skilled workforce across our regional centres and infrastructure, ports and industrial land, all put Queensland in a position to lead the way on hydrogen, critical energy minerals and renewables manufacturing.
Queensland’s Energy Plan will set out our pathway to a cheaper, cleaner and reliable energy system to ensure that by 2030 we achieve our commitment of the 50% renewable energy target. Our Energy Plan will benefit Queensland communities, workers and our economy. This includes investing in initiatives and training to help stimulate the hydrogen sector and future hydrogen jobs in Queensland.
The integrated plan will drive outcome for the energy sector and support the development of a hydrogen economy in Queensland.
It will continue to drive public ownership and position Queensland as an investment destination, maximise local content and job opportunities.
The Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund allows energy government-owned corporations to increase ownership of commercial renewable energy and hydrogen projects, and support infrastructure, including in partnership with the private sector.
Since 2015 Queensland has grown from 7 per cent to over 20 per cent renewable generation.
Our progress towards Queensland’s 50% renewable energy target is already delivering cheaper, cleaner energy. To keep prices low and support job creating industries as we reach our renewable energy target, we will focus our investment to maximise benefit for local communities and workers.
Our renewable commitments include:
- $2 billion invested in the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen jobs Fund.
- $145 million committed to establish our Queensland Renewable Energy Zones.
- Significant investment in big, grid scale storage (like batteries and pumped hydro) to ensure reliability and security of the network as we grow our renewable generation.
Queensland’s combination of significant renewable resources, world-class ports and long-standing trading partnerships, position Queensland to be a leader in the production and export of renewable hydrogen. We are well placed to capitalise on emerging hydrogen opportunities and to achieve our 50% renewable energy target.
Our Economic Recovery Plan has kickstarted investment into hydrogen and provides opportunities to create jobs through manufacturing of components, in decarbonising our transport sector, and in domestic and export markets.
By ensuring hydrogen provides the opportunity to support more Queensland jobs, we will drive investment in the regions and facilitate skills development for this emerging sector.
We have established the Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce to provide a clear pathway to a sustainable hydrogen supply chain in Queensland with a focus on:
- creating jobs in the hydrogen sector
- facilitating public and private investment
- enabling an effective policy and regulatory framework
- engaging with communities and stakeholders
- supporting innovation and skills development for new technologies
- Last updated:
- 2 June 2022